Tesla Model 3 Driver Blames Emergency Braking For Hitting Construction Zone Cones

The owner of a Tesla Model 3 has blamed the vehicle’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system for not bringing the car to a halt as it plowed through no less than 11 (!) construction cones on the side of a highway.

The video was uploaded just over a week ago. The incident took place in North Carolina and is a timely reminder of how important it is to always remain attentive even when you’re driving a vehicle with semi-autonomous functionalities.

As the Tesla cruises down the left lane of the motorway, a large construction sign comes into view warning drivers that the lane up ahead is closed. Drivers paying attention would have immediately braked at the sight of this flashing sign and changed lanes. For whatever reason, the Model 3 driver did not.

Also Watch: Tesla Model 3 Owner Claims Autopilot Helped Him Avoid Motorway Crash

Instead, he probably relied on the car’s electronics and took no evasive action. Thus, he ended up slamming head-on into a series of large construction cones placed in the center of the lane. By the time the electric vehicle came to a halt several hundred feet down the road, it has hit 11 of them.

Interestingly, the person who uploaded the following dashcam footage on YouTube appears to have been the driver and, as suspected, points the finger at the car as the cause of the crash.

“Automatic Emergency Braking totally failed me on the one time I needed it most. With all the phantom braking events I have experienced in the 2-1/2 months I’ve owned it, it does seem like it would panic when it saw this coming,” he wrote.

While it is unusual that the AEB system doesn’t appear to have been triggered here, the fact of the matter is that the driver should have be in control of his vehicle and steer clear of any obstacle. Besides, every manufacturer, including Tesla, clearly states that these are supplementary systems and the person behind the wheel is at all times responsible for their actions. But who reads the manual anyway?


  • Six_Tymes

    So… he would have rather ran into the truck? LOL

  • brn

    People with this level of brain power shouldn’t be able to have vehicles like this.

    Emergency systems such as AEB aren’t there as a replacement for common sense.

    • Quantaca

      Also AEB is an aid to improve reaction times when the car in front of you suddenly stops (either slams the brakes or hits something). It doesn’t react to already stationary objects otherwise it would stop for just about everything next to or over the road

  • kachuks

    People who don’t like driving shouldn’t own cars.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I agree with the other posters about being in charge of your car at all times.
    If the car didn’t react as claimed and has phantomly braked at other times, then you have to wonder what the actual value (or even point) there is to AEB systems.

  • charlotteharry57

    I’m very rapidly coming to the conclusion that this is the brand that attracts the most mentally-challenged (not talking about by birth). I know my neighbor from several houses away that has one sure is.

    • cooper

      You forgot about Toyota Crapmry and Corolla drivers. Not sure which is worse.

  • LJ

    It should be renamed COPILOT.

    • salamOOn

      No. Its should be renamed to SLIGHTLY BETTER CRUISE CONTROL.

      • Howfarr

        No it should just be called ‘Cruise control’ and ‘Lane keeping’
        Like it is on every other high end car that has the same capabilities as a Tesla but avoids press because they don’t call it ‘Autopilot’ or get bought by millennial wannabes

  • Porkopolis

    Semi-autonomous just means you have to be paranoid waiting for the “semi-” to rear its head at any moment with all this imperfect technology…

  • Dennis James

    Given the circumstances, what would have been the best choice for the Tesla system: to brake and risk a car pile up, to hit the semi, or to hit the cones ? 🙂

    • ace_9

      Maybe just slow down a little and change lane to get behind the truck??? But you crash your car whenever you want just to prove that tesla would save you (if you had one)… fanboy sheep.

    • ChrisInIL

      Why do autonomous car fans believe that application of the brakes will always cause another accident?

  • Don’tBeSoStupid

    This guy only proves the sense of entitlement people have these days.

  • Aqua Boogie

    There’s a lesson.

  • Julien Lachemoi

    Read before bashing.

  • Nordschleife

    I am all for safety technology but I inherently somewhat ill at ease with them so I don’t know how so many people can just blindly put all their faith in them.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    Read the description of the video lmao “I DiDnT dO aNyThInG WrOnG” idiot

  • Quantaca

    AEB doesn’t stop for stationary objects, no matter which brand otherwise it would stop for everything it encounters along the road, feel free to test it out 😉 top gear did a thing last year with auto breaking for crossing pedestrians … Didn’t work at all

  • Paul

    Forget active safety systems. I blame the driver first and foremost.

  • Darnell Robeson

    It took u 11 cones to realize AEB wasnt gonna stop u. People are so…u know. Dumb

  • TheBelltower

    To be clear, not the latest version of autopilot, nor the two generation old version of AP that’s referenced in the article you linked, would be able to read construction warning signs and accelerate or brake necessary to merge safely with a semi truck. You’d have to be completely braindead to put your life at risk this way. Even if you are totally comfortable with Autopilot in normal road situations, a construction zone requires the driver to be prepared for the unexpected.

  • izzey04

    dumb system

    • MB_G500

      Dumb driver

  • Marc

    This is the problem with too much tech. We rely on it too much, then one day it doesn’t work. Tesla fans will quote how much safer teslas are over any car, but human beings find ways to equalise things. Imagine if the cones were motorway workers.

  • Jonh Dusomme

    What a POS idiot. Your supposed to slow down before reaching the pylons not keep going full speed then relying on an experimental system to stop you and then blaming the car for your stupidity.

    • D. Dastardly

      Have to say in the systems defense, didn’t steer him into the Truck in the next lane.

      Next headline from TESLA will be…..’Our systems save potential Darwin Award Recipients”

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    What an idiot.

    It is your responsibility to pay attention 100% of the time. Autopilot reminds you of this EVERY SINGLE TIME you engage the system. This isn’t Tesla’s fault in the least.

  • robotlogic

    Took this guy hitting 11 barrels to wake from his nap and apply the brakes….. What an idiot!

    • Alduin

      The guy should be banned from driving for life and his license taken away.

  • Alduin

    Another story about another stupid Tesla driver. Ugh when will these smug douchebags die off already?

  • johnslandrum

    I have a question, as a highway worker how many test messages is my life worth? A person below brought up the point that the 11 barrels could have been 11 workers instead. We depend on those orange barrels to protect us. Get you head out and drive or call Uber or just stay the hell at home since the world is a safer place if you don’t participate.

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